Water scarcity already affects every continent. Around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world's population, live in areas of physical scarcity, and 500 million people are approaching this situation. Water impacts everything. A single mill in China can use 200 tons of water for each ton of fabric it dyes; many rivers run with the colors of the season as the untreated toxic dyes wash off from mills. To make matters worse, millions of tons of unused fabric at Chinese mills go to waste each year when they're dyed the wrong color.
Lack of clean and safe water, poor sanitation, and inappropriate hygiene practices push already disadvantage sections of a community into deeper illness, poverty and indignity. INDIGO APPAREL will not be a contributor to these conditions in any community. Using low-impact, 100% non-toxic dyes, we continue to hand dye each item, as though we are making it for ourselves.
Cutting, sewing, and general manufacturing of goods leaves wasted material- an estimated 14.3 million tons of textile waste was generated in 2012. INDIGO'S ZERO WASTE INITIATIVE seeks out designers of all kinds, and works with them to pass along unused fabric pieces and scraps to give the textiles a second life. This is an ongoing collaboration with multiple designers- and so far so good. In the past 2 years, we've thrown out less than 3 lbs. of fabric waste.